National Bonsai Foundation

National Bonsai Foundation http://www.bonsai-nbf.org

The National Bonsai Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1982 to support the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the U.S.
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We are saddened to announce the passing of one of NBF's most steadfast supporters, Barbara Hall Marshall.Mrs. Marshall d...
05/10/2021
Remembering Barbara Hall Marshall — National Bonsai Foundation

We are saddened to announce the passing of one of NBF's most steadfast supporters, Barbara Hall Marshall.

Mrs. Marshall died April 21, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo., at age 97. She was a wonderful woman whose love of miniatures brought her to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, of which she became a beloved benefactor.

Our recognition piece:

The National Bonsai Foundation (NBF) is saddened to announce the passing of one of its most steadfast supporters, Barbara Hall Marshall. Mrs. Marshall died April 21, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo., at age 97. A lifelong philanthropist, Mrs. Marshall had a keen interest in the small and precise that led

⏰ REMINDER: celebrate #WorldBonsaiDay with us TOMORROW! Visit bonsai-nbf.org for all the activities. Did we mention?! Th...
05/08/2021

⏰ REMINDER: celebrate #WorldBonsaiDay with us TOMORROW!

Visit bonsai-nbf.org for all the activities. Did we mention?! These gorgeous zoom backgrounds are YOURS – they’ll be up on our website tomorrow as just one of the awesome components of NBF’s online #WorldBonsaiDay2021 celebration.

Also, we’ll declare the giveaway winners, so get your submissions in ASAP! Missed the giveaway announcement? Check out our post from April 30 for the deets.

#WorldBonsaiDay #SaburoKato #bonsai #penjing

05/07/2021

Spreading the spirit and brotherhood of bonsai, as Master Saburo Kato intended, is a core concept of the National Bonsai Foundation. NBF exists to supply financial, programmatic and curatorial support for the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum – the first public #bonsai #museum in the world!

Our goal is to help the Museum promote the art of bonsai and penjing through masterpiece trees and act as stewards in the cause for peace and unity through bonsai. Enjoy this repotting video of one of the most famous trees at the Museum, the #Yamaki pine!

To help connect bonsai artists across the globe for World Bonsai Day, we’ve created a #WorldBonsaiDay profile frame for ...
05/06/2021

To help connect bonsai artists across the globe for World Bonsai Day, we’ve created a #WorldBonsaiDay profile frame for your Facebook profile picture! Just follow these easy steps to set it up:

- Go to your personal page and click on your profile picture
- Click on “update profile picture”
- Click “add frame”
- Under “choose a frame” on the left side, search “National Bonsai Foundation” and select the frame “World Bonsai Day”

This frame is a great way to reconnect with your bonsai pals around the world – to show them how you're celebrating and let them know they can join in. Remember to use #WorldBonsaiDay and #WorldBonsaiDay2021in your posts this week and Saturday for a chance to be featured on our pages!

To help connect bonsai artists across the globe for World Bonsai Day, we’ve created a #WorldBonsaiDay profile frame for your Facebook profile picture! Just follow these easy steps to set it up:

- Go to your personal page and click on your profile picture
- Click on “update profile picture”
- Click “add frame”
- Under “choose a frame” on the left side, search “National Bonsai Foundation” and select the frame “World Bonsai Day”

This frame is a great way to reconnect with your bonsai pals around the world – to show them how you're celebrating and let them know they can join in. Remember to use #WorldBonsaiDay and #WorldBonsaiDay2021in your posts this week and Saturday for a chance to be featured on our pages!

ANNOUNCEMENT – Join the National Bonsai Foundation in celebrating #WorldBonsaiDay online!! We are determined to make thi...
05/05/2021

ANNOUNCEMENT – Join the National Bonsai Foundation in celebrating #WorldBonsaiDay online!! We are determined to make this year’s celebration fun, fresh and memorable. Here’s a sneak peak of what we have in store for #WorldBonsaiDay2021:

- Craft origami bonsai and flowers with instructor Jeff Raab
- Test your knowledge about World Bonsai Day, Saburo Kato and NBF
- Toast to WBD with a sake recipe from North American Sake Brewery
- Check out exclusive, limited-time World Bonsai Day x NBF merchandise
- Greetings and tours from bonsai gardens around the world
- And more!

How to participate? Just head to bonsai-nbf.org on Saturday, May 8th. Our homepage will be transformed into a World Bonsai Day portal of activities.

ANNOUNCEMENT – Join the National Bonsai Foundation in celebrating #WorldBonsaiDay online!! We are determined to make this year’s celebration fun, fresh and memorable. Here’s a sneak peak of what we have in store for #WorldBonsaiDay2021:

- Craft origami bonsai and flowers with instructor Jeff Raab
- Test your knowledge about World Bonsai Day, Saburo Kato and NBF
- Toast to WBD with a sake recipe from North American Sake Brewery
- Check out exclusive, limited-time World Bonsai Day x NBF merchandise
- Greetings and tours from bonsai gardens around the world
- And more!

How to participate? Just head to bonsai-nbf.org on Saturday, May 8th. Our homepage will be transformed into a World Bonsai Day portal of activities.

#WorldBonsaiDay2021 is this Saturday!! This celebration is largely due to the vision of bonsai master #SaburoKato, who e...
05/04/2021

#WorldBonsaiDay2021 is this Saturday!! This celebration is largely due to the vision of bonsai master #SaburoKato, who emphasized that the art and horticulture of bonsai raises one’s awareness of the beauty and fragility of nature and opens up your consciousness to the wonders of the natural world.

He continually made speeches about the importance of promoting peace and friendship through the art of #bonsai. After Kato passed in 2008, the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) established an international day of celebration called #WorldBonsaiDay to pay homage to Kato and his efforts.

Keep an eye out on our social pages for a special announcement about NBF’s upcoming #WorldBonsaiDay celebration!

“The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor… We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize ...
05/03/2021

“The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor… We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.” – Tara Brach

This #MindfulnessMonday and #WorldBonsaiDay week, we’re channeling the brotherhood of bonsai, which unites the world through a common love for nature and art. Practicing mindfulness and working on your bonsai are great times to reflect on and reconnect with friendships as we slowly emerge from this past year of physical distancing.

#WorldBonsaiDay2021 #friendship #SaburoKato #mindfulness

“The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor… We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.” – Tara Brach

This #MindfulnessMonday and #WorldBonsaiDay week, we’re channeling the brotherhood of bonsai, which unites the world through a common love for nature and art. Practicing mindfulness and working on your bonsai are great times to reflect on and reconnect with friendships as we slowly emerge from this past year of physical distancing.

#WorldBonsaiDay2021 #friendship #SaburoKato #mindfulness

📣 🚨 GIVEAWAY ALERT!🚨 📣  To help connect the global bonsai community for #WorldBonsaiDay, the National Bonsai Foundation ...
05/01/2021

📣 🚨 GIVEAWAY ALERT!🚨 📣 To help connect the global bonsai community for #WorldBonsaiDay, the National Bonsai Foundation is launching its first-ever giveaway contest!!

HOW TO ENTER:
🌳 Make sure you’re following this account
🌳 Tag a friend you’ve connected with through bonsai in the comments of this post
🌳 Post a photo on Instagram and/or Facebook of you working on bonsai or penjing or your tree(s). In the caption, tell us how bonsai helps you connect with nature/friends or facilitates personal reflection and mindfulness.
🌳 Tag @nbfbonsai in the photo and add #WorldBonsaiDay2021 in the caption

THE PRIZE:
A signed copy of Ann McClellan’s book Bonsai and Penjing: Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty, which is being honored this year by the Japanese Government with the Order of the Rising Sun award! 🎉

Please note your account MUST be public so we can view your post.

Winners will be announced on World Bonsai Day, May 8th. Ready, set, post!

📣 🚨 GIVEAWAY ALERT!🚨 📣 To help connect the global bonsai community for #WorldBonsaiDay, the National Bonsai Foundation is launching its first-ever giveaway contest!!

HOW TO ENTER:
🌳 Make sure you’re following this account
🌳 Tag a friend you’ve connected with through bonsai in the comments of this post
🌳 Post a photo on Instagram and/or Facebook of you working on bonsai or penjing or your tree(s). In the caption, tell us how bonsai helps you connect with nature/friends or facilitates personal reflection and mindfulness.
🌳 Tag @nbfbonsai in the photo and add #WorldBonsaiDay2021 in the caption

THE PRIZE:
A signed copy of Ann McClellan’s book Bonsai and Penjing: Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty, which is being honored this year by the Japanese Government with the Order of the Rising Sun award! 🎉

Please note your account MUST be public so we can view your post.

Winners will be announced on World Bonsai Day, May 8th. Ready, set, post!

Camellia x hiemalis 'Shishigashira' – in training since 1950 and gifted by Susumu Nakamura in 2000. The small leaves and...
04/29/2021

Camellia x hiemalis 'Shishigashira' – in training since 1950 and gifted by Susumu Nakamura in 2000.

The small leaves and flowers of this dwarf camellia make it excellent material for bonsai. Though it looks like it fits in cheerful springtime, its semi-double pink blossoms usually appear in November.

Camellia x hiemalis 'Shishigashira' – in training since 1950 and gifted by Susumu Nakamura in 2000.

The small leaves and flowers of this dwarf camellia make it excellent material for bonsai. Though it looks like it fits in cheerful springtime, its semi-double pink blossoms usually appear in November.

Members of the National Bonsai Foundation’s Board of Directors often have hands-on bonsai experience, but not many of th...
04/28/2021
Bonsai Board: C.F. Kwok — National Bonsai Foundation

Members of the National Bonsai Foundation’s Board of Directors often have hands-on bonsai experience, but not many of them can say they helped build parts of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Chin Fun Kwok can.

C.F. Kwok provided a comforting and friendly presence on the NBF board for 25 years. Check out our blog on his tenure, up on our website now:

Members of the National Bonsai Foundation’s (NBF) Board of Directors often have hands-on bonsai experience, but not many of them can say they helped build parts of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Chin Fun Kwok can.  As a former Museum volunteer who provided a comforting and f

"Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it." - BuddhaTake today to focus on a...
04/26/2021

"Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it." - Buddha

Take today to focus on and appreciate every moment for the first steps to 24-hour mindfulness. #MindfulnessMonday

📸 Devin H on @Unsplash

"Living 24 hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it." - Buddha

Take today to focus on and appreciate every moment for the first steps to 24-hour mindfulness. #MindfulnessMonday

📸 Devin H on @Unsplash

Chyrsanthemum stone from Neodani, in Japan's Gifu Prefecture – a bicentennial gift from the Nippon Suiseki Association, ...
04/26/2021

Chyrsanthemum stone from Neodani, in Japan's Gifu Prefecture – a bicentennial gift from the Nippon Suiseki Association, donated by Tanekichi Isozaki in 1976

A gift to President Ford from the Japanese viewing stone society in honor of the U.S. Bicentennial, this stone is well-known in Japan by its poetic name "Tsukiyo Kiku," or "Mums in the Moonlight."

#suiseki #bonsai #Japan #bicentennial

Chyrsanthemum stone from Neodani, in Japan's Gifu Prefecture – a bicentennial gift from the Nippon Suiseki Association, donated by Tanekichi Isozaki in 1976

A gift to President Ford from the Japanese viewing stone society in honor of the U.S. Bicentennial, this stone is well-known in Japan by its poetic name "Tsukiyo Kiku," or "Mums in the Moonlight."

#suiseki #bonsai #Japan #bicentennial

Spending every moment loving this beautiful planet with the bonsai community 🌍✨🌳#HappyEarthDay! #earthday2021 #earthday2...
04/22/2021

Spending every moment loving this beautiful planet with the bonsai community 🌍✨🌳

#HappyEarthDay! #earthday2021 #earthday21 #bonsai #bonsailove #earthlove

Spending every moment loving this beautiful planet with the bonsai community 🌍✨🌳

#HappyEarthDay! #earthday2021 #earthday21 #bonsai #bonsailove #earthlove

"As bonsai practitioners, we are always thinking about the past, present and future aspects of our trees and the environ...
04/22/2021
Assistant Curator’s Blog: Collecting Moss and Creating Top Dressing  — National Bonsai Foundation

"As bonsai practitioners, we are always thinking about the past, present and future aspects of our trees and the environments in which they live and grow," writes Assistant Curator Andy Bello.

Now on the website: Andy's next blog, which touches the practice of collecting moss and creating top dressing – a crucial step during the repotting season.

As bonsai practitioners, we are always thinking about the past, present, and future aspects of our trees and the environments in which they live and grow. We constantly plan and prepare for the next step in the wonderful journey of bonsai and penjing. One preparation that can be completed any time o

Bonsai created from trees collected from the outdoors start out with a thicker, more mature trunk. Before it was pruned,...
04/20/2021

Bonsai created from trees collected from the outdoors start out with a thicker, more mature trunk. Before it was pruned, this #bonsai was a 23-foot tall tree!

Tree deets: Trident maple (Acer buergerianum) – in training since 1975 and gifted by Ted C. Guyger in 1990

Bonsai created from trees collected from the outdoors start out with a thicker, more mature trunk. Before it was pruned, this #bonsai was a 23-foot tall tree!

Tree deets: Trident maple (Acer buergerianum) – in training since 1975 and gifted by Ted C. Guyger in 1990

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey HepburnA great time to practice mindfulness is while tending to ...
04/19/2021

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

A great time to practice mindfulness is while tending to your garden, whether it's filled with bonsai, fruits/veggies or flowers. Grab those tools. #MindfulnessMonday

📸 Falco Negenman @Unsplash

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

A great time to practice mindfulness is while tending to your garden, whether it's filled with bonsai, fruits/veggies or flowers. Grab those tools. #MindfulnessMonday

📸 Falco Negenman @Unsplash

Each April, Ikebana International Chapter No. 1 displays incredible #ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangements, at the Na...
04/16/2021

Each April, Ikebana International Chapter No. 1 displays incredible #ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangements, at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum on the grounds of the US National Arboretum for the public to enjoy. This year, the exhibit is held in the Arboretum's, next to the administration building.

Stop by Saturday or Sunday (April 17 or 18) to check it out! In the meantime, enjoy these photos from last weekend’s display.

Photo credit: Ikebana International

Mark your calendars!!! World Bonsai Day 2021 is ON!The National Bonsai Foundation is hosting a virtual day of activities...
04/16/2021

Mark your calendars!!! World Bonsai Day 2021 is ON!

The National Bonsai Foundation is hosting a virtual day of activities – keep an eye out for more details, coming soon. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

#WorldBonsaiDay #WorldBonsaiDay2021 #bonsai #SaburoKato

Mark your calendars!!! World Bonsai Day 2021 is ON!

The National Bonsai Foundation is hosting a virtual day of activities – keep an eye out for more details, coming soon. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

#WorldBonsaiDay #WorldBonsaiDay2021 #bonsai #SaburoKato

Olive – Olea europea, gifted to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by Melba Tucker in 2000 and in training since 1972....
04/15/2021

Olive – Olea europea, gifted to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by Melba Tucker in 2000 and in training since 1972.

Do you see an old olive grove on a rugged coast in the Mediterranean? Like a living postcard, these tray landscapes can conjure up scenes from distant places.

#bonsai #penjing #traylandscape

Olive – Olea europea, gifted to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by Melba Tucker in 2000 and in training since 1972.

Do you see an old olive grove on a rugged coast in the Mediterranean? Like a living postcard, these tray landscapes can conjure up scenes from distant places.

#bonsai #penjing #traylandscape

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerMonth, NBF is paying tribute to the heartfelt, dedicated volunteers who assist the N...
04/14/2021

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerMonth, NBF is paying tribute to the heartfelt, dedicated volunteers who assist the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's full-time staff in caring for the timeless and breathtaking trees in the national collection.

NBF is grateful for these volunteers who help make up the heart and soul of the Museum, infusing the spirit of bonsai into everything, from their technical duties to events and meetings that support the Museum.

But who are Museum volunteers, and what do they do?

Read here: https://bit.ly/3dfMN31

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerMonth, NBF is paying tribute to the heartfelt, dedicated volunteers who assist the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's full-time staff in caring for the timeless and breathtaking trees in the national collection.

NBF is grateful for these volunteers who help make up the heart and soul of the Museum, infusing the spirit of bonsai into everything, from their technical duties to events and meetings that support the Museum.

But who are Museum volunteers, and what do they do?

Read here: https://bit.ly/3dfMN31

Chinese elm – Ulmus parvifoliaThis elm has been in training since 1906 and was gifted to the Museum in 1986 by Dr. Yee-s...
04/13/2021

Chinese elm – Ulmus parvifolia

This elm has been in training since 1906 and was gifted to the Museum in 1986 by Dr. Yee-sun Wu. Many old Chinese paintings depict trees with angular bends, like on this tree. The hollowed trunk and exposed surface roots add to its quirky character.

#bonsai #penjing #YeesunWu #ChineseElm

Chinese elm – Ulmus parvifolia

This elm has been in training since 1906 and was gifted to the Museum in 1986 by Dr. Yee-sun Wu. Many old Chinese paintings depict trees with angular bends, like on this tree. The hollowed trunk and exposed surface roots add to its quirky character.

#bonsai #penjing #YeesunWu #ChineseElm

"In a world of constant change and streaming technology, I find solace in the forest where a tree remains a tree." – Ang...
04/12/2021

"In a world of constant change and streaming technology, I find solace in the forest where a tree remains a tree." – Angie Weiland-Crosby

From towering woodlands to humble bonsai, find solace in whatever trees you encounter this week. #MindfulnessMonday

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"In a world of constant change and streaming technology, I find solace in the forest where a tree remains a tree." – Angie Weiland-Crosby

From towering woodlands to humble bonsai, find solace in whatever trees you encounter this week. #MindfulnessMonday

📸veeterzy on @unsplash

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National Bonsai Foundation: 3501 New York Ave NE
Washington D.C., DC
20002

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(202) 396-3510

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Happy World Bonsai Day from Canberra, Australia.
Doing the quiz. I actually got this one correct, though!
Two infrared images from the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection taken last weekend. I wish I'd recorded the details about each tree I photographed.
hello world! what a beautiful museum! such a breath taking museum with rich history.
A small planting from the coast of Maine, Plantago maritima (sea plantain). Keeping cool on a hot summer day. Thanks to kusamono expert Young Choe for the identification.
A root-over-rock Trident maple from the Chinese Collection is repotted at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Spring has arrived in DC. Note how vigorous the roots are.
What a joy to visit the Museum!
Thieves are snatching up rare, decades-old bonsai trees that are worth thousands of dollars. But they forget that once they take the plants, they have to figure out how to keep them from dying...
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You might want to consider making a timeline of U.S. history in the North American Pavilion with all of the Presidents and a few major events and then show where each of the bansai began training. This would give you a good idea of just how much history these plants have lived through.
I had such a great time at the Bonsai exhibition that I went back with a friend. I think it would be even better if the very old bansai (1625 was it?) was at the end of the Pavilion so that as you go along and see older and older plants and at the end are totally blown away by the oldest one.